WHEN IT COMES TO FUN and scale competition, few places measure up to the sights, sounds, and ambience that is the WW I RC Jamboree hosted by the Mid-Hudson Radio Control Society at the world famous Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. During the RC event, held on the second weekend in September, the aerodrome celebrated its 60th birthday, while the Jamboree itself enjoyed its 52nd birthday. Although the weather was uncharacteristically cold and gray, the spirits were high up and down the runway, lined with vintage biplanes, fighters, and classic aeroplanes.
Starting on Friday (though there are several contestants that stay the entire week prior to the Jamboree), this annual event sees the sod runway shared by both RC scale airplanes as well as several of the full-size aircraft from the 3 Kevin Siemonsen Aerodrome’s historic collection. The runway is open for RC from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., when the magical full-size airshow kicks into high gear. The full-size airshow, a combination of aircraft and vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles, runs every weekend from June until October, so there’s always time to catch the act!
Each year, while the contestants pilot their impressive aircraft, several flight line judges keep an eye on everything. Then just before the start of the full-size airshow, impressive laser-cut wooden plaques are handed out. There are several scale categories in which to compete, including the Mission event, so there’s p